Sustainable Energy Minor

The Sustainable Energy Minor is intended for students interested in learning more about energy, its sustainable use, energy demand management, and the public policy context in which energy use and production is regulated.

Our courses reach all areas of energy use, production, distribution, transmission, storage, and development. This includes energy use and production for transportation, space cooling and heating demands; electrical production, energy distribution and storage; and extends to energy conservation, price, greenhouse gas production and control, and aspects of public policy.


With the exception of students registered in Engineering Science’s Energy Systems Major, all Engineering undergraduates are eligible to pursue the Sustainable Energy Minor.

Sustainable Energy Minor enrolment form.


Students in the Sustainable Energy Minor must successfully complete of a minimum of six (6) one-semester courses including mandatory and elective courses. Of the four (4) electives students may choose, at least two must be from the advanced category. In all cases, students must ensure they meet the requirements of their chosen Engineering degree program or option.

Mandatory: Terrestrial Energy Systems (CIV 300H1F/S)

Choose one of: Energy Policy (CS) (APS 305H1S) OR Energy Policy & Environment (CS) (ENV 350H1F)

Select four electives from the following courses (two must be at the Advanced Level):

Introductory Course   Advanced Courses
Technology in Society & the Biosphere I (HSS) (APS 301H1F)

Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer (CHE 260H1F)

Engineering Thermodynamics (CHE 323H1F)

Environmental Pathways & Impact Assessment (CHE 460H1S)

Environmental Engineering (CHE 467H1F)

Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment (CIV 440H1S)

Building Science (CIV 375H1F)

Fundamentals of Electrical Energy Systems (ECE 314H1F)

Introduction to Energy Systems (ECE 349H1F)

Bioenergy from Sustainable Forest Management (FOR 310H1S)

Efficient Use of Energy (GGR 347H1F)

Carbon-Free Energy (GGR 348H1S)

Thermal Energy Conversion (MIE 311H1F)

Heat and Mass Transfer (MIE 313H1S)

Materials Processing & Sustainable Development (MSE 355H1S)

Physics of the Earth (JPE 395H1S)

Introduction to Fusion Energy (AER 507H1F)

Innovative Technologies & Organizations in Global Energy Systems (CS) (APS 510H1F)

Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development (APS 530H1S)

Fuel Cells &  Electrochemical Conversion Devices (CHE 469H1S)

Petroleum Processing (CHE 451H1F)

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Fundamentals (MIE 507H1S)

Elements of Nuclear Engineering (CHE 566H1F)

Nuclear Engineering (CHE 568H1S)

Transport: Planning (CIV 531H1F)

Sustainable Buildings (CIV 576H1S)

Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities (CIV 577H1S)

Energy Systems & Distributed Generation (ECE 413H1S)

Electric Drives (ECE 463H1S)

Power Electronics: Converter Topologies (ECE 514H1F)

Power Electronics: Switch-Mode Power Supplies (ECE 533H1S)

Bioenergy & Biorefinery Technology (FOR 425H1S)

Nuclear Reactor Theory and Design (MIE 407H1F)

Thermal and Machine Design of Nuclear Power Reactors (MIE 408H1S)

Alternative Energy Systems (MIE 515H1F)

Combustion & Fuels (MIE 516H1F)

Fuel Cell Systems (MIE 517H1S)

Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems (MSE 458H1S)

Thesis or Design Project with approval of the Director of the Minor